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MSc in Obesity and Weight Management


Course Description

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales.

Our online 1 year MSc in Obesity and Weight Management is designed to be practical and clinically focused. Our courses promise to help students develop problem-solving and clinical skills whilst preparing them for a successful leadership role in weight and obesity management, which is still an emerging area. The course is worth 60 credits and comprises 2 modules.

Entry to the 1 year MSc in Obesity and Weight Management will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Obesity and Weight Management (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Alternatively, students may apply for the MSc in Obesity and Weight Management as a two-year course, completing all 8 modules (180 credits).

The course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to weight and obesity management. It will develop problem-solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in weight and obesity management.

Our Obesity and Weight Management Masters of Science has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics. Our course is the only one of its title that is accessible online and is not offered by any other institution.

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module)
The course begins with 1 day of introductory lectures, held at Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales. These introductory lectures cover the framework of the course, its structure and students' expectations.

Aim of the module:

To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in health care research.
Understand, interpret and apply basic statistics and epidemiological terms.
Understand and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to obesity and weight management research.
Understand and critically appraise the various studies used in clinical and scientific research such as single blind studies, double blind placebo controlled studies and meta-analyses.

Synopsis of module content:

Basic terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
Basic statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square.
Methodologies as applied to obesity and weight management research.
Fundamentals of evidence-based practice and its application in the clinical setting.
Establishing patient registers and the value of disease-specific registers.
Research into educational principles for both medical practitioner and patient. Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.

Module 2 - Professional Project or Independent Prescribing Module
Professional Project

Aim of the module:

To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
To develop skills in independent research and study.
To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.

Synopsis of module content:

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice. This project may comprise:

Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
Case report, review of the literature and organisational assessment.

Or

Independent Prescribing Module

Aim of the module:

This module aims to prepare students, both academically and practically, for the role of independent prescribing. The module also meets the registration criteria for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Synopsis of module content:

Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral.
Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing.
Prescribing in a team context.
Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity.
Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing.
Legal, policy and ethical aspects.
Professional accountability and responsibility.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

Enrolment Dates

All our courses are part-time, online courses delivered over 1 year.

Deadline for applications: 12th August 2016
Introductory lectures: 26th August 2016 (Approx)
Online Course Starts: 26th September 2016

Visit the MSc in Obesity and Weight Management page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, wishing to further their education who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from the University of South Wales are eligible to apply for this MSc Diabetes course online. Applicants can also enter the MSc programmes if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from another UK University, having successfully acquired 120 M level Credits.

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